Darwin Class

Darwin class is taught by Miss Thackray

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Darwin and Nightingale's trip to the Weymouth!

Yesterday we went on a trip to Weymouth beach and Sea Life Centre. We went to the sea life centre first and saw lots of creatures, our favourites were the seahorses, hermit crabs, clown fishes, sharks, penguins and rays! We found out lots of facts including...
- When Seahorses have babies it is the Daddy who looks after the eggs and hatches them
- Sea turtles can hold their breath for 5 hours 
- Clownfish aren't very confident swimmers so they like to stay close to home
- Sharks need their top fun to be able to swim 
- Anenomes protect clownfish by stinging other creatures who come near them

We then went to Weymouth beach and ate our lunch on the beach, it was a beautiful day to be on the beach! 
We also did some beach combing and found lots of things including shells, coral, stones and charcoal. 
When we finished lunch we made sure we took all our rubbish away as we want to help keep beaches clean and free of litter. 

We we went back to the sea life centre for a last wander round and to buy some souvenirs from the gift shop and then it was time to go home. 
What a busy but exciting day and a wonderful end to our topic!
Thank you to everyone who made it possible, especially the wonderful parent volunteers and staff who came with us. 

On Thursday Year 2 went on a trip to Trowbridge Mosque. While we were there we learnt about how Muslims pray, how they celebrate Ramadan and Eid and about different Mosques around the world. We got to design our own Mosque and also had a prayer demonstration from Najd and Mrs Naji, who both pray at the Mosque. What an interesting and exciting day! Here were some of the children's reflections on the trip...

"I liked it because we learnt about how many people go to Mecca" Aimee

"It was interesting, I didn't know Muslims fasted for a month" Karlo

"I liked it because I like learning about new religions" Lyla

"I liked that we got to stand on the special steps" Evie

In English we have been learning a story off by heart. We started by telling the story in lots of different ways,including adding actions and using props to remind us of the key features. We then did lots if activities related to the story including making story maps and storyboards, acting the story out and hot seating each other, when we pretended to be a character and answered questions. We are now really confident telling the story, why not ask us to share it at home?"

We have been having lots of fun in our new Japanese lessons. We have learnt a song in Japanese, found Japan on the map and even got to hold some giant material Koi Carp! We learnt that the Koi Carp are used in Japanese Children's Day and represent each prerson in the family.

To kick off our Wriggle and Crawl topic we had a visit from Tropical Discovery. Kris brought in a range of mini beasts including cockroaches, millipedes and even a scorpion! He also showed us some of the predators that eat mini beasts including a bearded dragon lizard and a very long snake. We were very brave when handling the mini beasts and had to make sure we were quiet so we didn't scare them. What an exciting start to the topic!


In mixed Darwin and Nightingale groups, we had a Samba band workshop. In this workshop, we learnt the names of different types of drums. We then tried being a Samba band. To do this, one of us acted as the Leader. The leader would shout "copy" and then tap a rhythm for the others to tap back. We also did 'Call and Response' rhythms in which the leader taps one rhythm and everyone else taps a different rhythm back. We had to listen to each other and work as a team. Check out Nightingale's page to find out what the other group got up to!

To finish our topic, Nightingale and Darwin worked together in mixed groups to make model castles using boxes and junk modelling items they had brought in. We really enjoyed it and our castles looked fantastic!

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